Steps toward a cure for Alzheimer's (with photos)

By Jillian Marshall

September 21, 2013 Updated Sep 21, 2013 at 11:23 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than 500 walkers took a step toward finding a cure for Alzheimer's at the Greater Binghamton Walk to End Alzheimer's at Ostiningo Park.

Alzheimer's affects more than 5 million people nationwide, and more than 47,000 in central New York.

The Greater Binghamton Walk to End Alzheimer's is one of 600 walks held across the country by the Alzheimer's Association.

Walkers each held a flower to show why they were at the walk. Flowers represented those living with Alzheimer's, have a loved one affected by the disease, the loss of a person with Alzheimer's, a caregiver or an advocate.

Hundreds of flowers lined the finish line of the three mile-walk on Saturday.

"This particular disease is devastating to families, and we want to make sure that we're getting information into people's hands and know that they have supports available within their communities," said Cathy James, Chief Executive Officer of the Central New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

James says she sees the walk as a form of group therapy for everyone involved.

She wants to raise more than $77,000 by the end of October. The walk on Saturday raised more than $49,000. The money will be spent on Alzheimer's research to find a cure.

The event was sponsored by United Methodist Homes.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Click here for more information on the Alzheimer's Association or if you would like to donate.